Popular singer and songwriter of the 1960s who wrote hit songs such as "Indian Reservation" and "Road Hog."
He convinced the owners of a radio station where he worked as a handyman to play one of his songs on air, and the song got him a record deal.
Writing hits like 'The Pale Faced Indian' and 'Midnight Bus,' his songs were recorded by everyone from Stonewall Jackson to Johnny Cash.
He grew up in a religious family; his parents were members of the Salvation Army faith. He was married to Susan Chollette up until his death in 2016.
One of his most popular compositions, "Break My Mind," was covered by Sammy Davis, Jr., Roy Orbison, Wreckless Eric, and others.